Homework assignments are listed in red. They are due at the beginning of class on the date they are listed. Other assignments will be completed during class. While each class may not have a specific in-class activity listed, some work will be assigned and due during each class. You should check the schedule at least once a week, preferably before each class meeting, as new in-class assignments may be posted in response to the progress of other assignments.

August 23

  • Intros

August 28

  • Review Syllabus
  • Join our Online Discussion group and introduce one of your classmates by posting a message to the group.

August 30

  • Post a message to the Online Discussion area stating that you have read and understand the syllabus, and post any questions you have about the syllabus and the course.
  • Read pages vi-15 and complete Respond activity in Every Audience Has a Different Purpose (EA)
  • We Know Grammar

September 4

September 6

  • Bring first draft of Plan for Writing memo.
  • Read the online article referenced on page 17 in EA and complete the Respond activity.
  • Bring to class a sample technical document from your disclipine (criminal justice, computers, communication, English) area that has sections/headings, etc. (Online documents are great examples.) We will share these in class.
  • Go over sample documents for Writing on the Job portfolio.

September 11

  • Read pp 35-41 in EA and complete the Respond activity.
  • Share and discuss the paragraphs you rewrote. Be sure to bring the original to class as well.
  • In class - Discuss Decisions that Writers Make
  • Turn in Plan for Writing memo.

September 13

  • No regular class meeting today.
  • Use this time to conduct your interviews. After you have completed your interview, write the first draft of your Career Writing Interview report and have it ready for Writing Workshop that we will do in the Writing Center next week.

September 18

  • Meet in the Writing Center (Library 2nd floor).
  • Bring your Career Writing Interview report (like the one on page 29-31) and have a fellow student, Writing Center Consultant, and/or Dr G review the document.
  • We will have three different times set up for meeting in the Writing Center. You will be required to meet with Dr. G at least three times over the course of the semester to review the status of your work. On other days that you do not need to meet or review your work, you may use these days to meet with the person you are going to interview, gather information for your projects, etc. If you do not come to the Writing Center and check in with Dr. G, you must provide her with information regarding where you will be and what you will be working on. If you do not let Dr. G know, you will be counted absent.

September 20

  • Meet in the Writing Center.
  • Bring your Career Writing Interview report (like the one on page 29-31) and have a fellow student, Writing Center Consultant, and/or Dr G review the document.
  • If you reviewed your Career Writing Interview report you do not have to come to the Writing Center today but you do have to let Dr. G know what your plans are or you will be counted absent. You can use this time to contact the person you are interested in working with for the Writing to Fill a Need project.

September 25

  • Read pp 42-58 in EA and complete the Respond activities. Bring the sample report with you to class to share.
  • Bring to class the sample document that you are using to create your own Career Related Document (like the one on page 32) and analyze the visual elements of the document.
  • Decisions that Writers Make
  • Last day to turn in final rewrites of Planning Document.

September 27

  • Bring to class a draft of your Career Related Document.
  • Writing Workshop: Use the questions in the Vinci article in EA to review your Career Related Document.
  • Decisions that Writers Make
  • Read pp 59-74 in EA.
  • Review Writing to Get a Job Portfolio

October 2

October 4

October 9

October 11

October 16

October 18

  • Bring a hard copy of your functional resume to class for the guest speaker to review. Print it out before class, not while class is starting. If you need help printing it out email it to Dr. G at least one hour prior to class.
  • Turn in final drafts of recommendation reports for The Current State of Finding a Job
  • Guest speaker to review resumes and cover letters.

October 23

  • Meet in the Writing Center (Library 2nd floor).
  • Bring your Writing to Get a Job documents and have a fellow student, Writing Center Consultant, and/or Dr G review the document.
  • If you do not come to the Writing Center and check in with Dr. G, you must provide her with information regarding where you will be and what you will be working on. If you do not let Dr. G know, you will be counted absent.

October 25

  • Meet in the Writing Center (Library 2nd floor).
  • Bring your Writing to Get a Job documents and have a fellow student, Writing Center Consultant, and/or Dr G review the document.
  • If you do not come to the Writing Center and check in with Dr. G, you must provide her with information regarding where you will be and what you will be working on. If you do not let Dr. G know, you will be counted absent.
  • Last day to turn in Writing on the Job Portfolio rewrites.

October 30

November 1

November 6

November 8

November 13

November 15

  • Read "Aesthetic Experience and the Importance of Visual Composition" and write a response to the reading.
  • Turn in first draft of the section you are writing for your Writing to Fill a Need Projects. You should have gathered information that will be included in that project. This will count for 20% of the Portfolio Three grade. For students working in groups, each student must turn in individual work for this first round of the process.
  • Last day to turn in rewrites of Writing to Get a Job Portfolio.

November 20

  • Read "The Visual Dimension of Writing," by James E. Richardson. Very interesting and different approach to thinking about writing using elements of visual rhetoric. Write about how you are beginning to define visual rhetoric and how this information has helped you to do that.

November 22 - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 27

  • Review Final Memorandum (see p. 147 in EA) for Writing to Fill a Need projects. This will count for 10% of the grade for Portfolio Three.
  • Develop questions for feedback (see p. 144 in EA)
  • From this point until December 6 when the final Writing to Fill a Need portfolio is due, you can turn in to me the work you have completed and I will give you feedback on revisions you need to make as well as some indication of what your grade for the project will be based on what you have at that point. I do require that you also give me written info on your audience and purpose for your writing, and questions you need help with. This will guide me in helping you. If you do not give me this information I will return the work to you and wait for you to give me that info.

November 29

  • Bring second draft (as a computer file) of the section you are writing for your Writing to Fill a Need Projects. You should have all of the information that will be included in the project. This will count for 20% of the Portfolio Three grade.
  • Review (see p 144 in EA) draft of Writing to Fill a Need Projects using the Review function in Microsoft Word. Use the questions you developed for feedback for the review.

December 4

December 6

  • Turn in final Writing to Fill a Need portfolios.